- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Jun-14-2013
- Last revised: Jun-24-2013
Centered on an 85 year-old widower named Mo, the play brings to life many of the issues around end-of-life choices. Mo talks with his late wife, Dolores, through her picture and lets her know of his plans to come back to her. but his plans are interrupted--first by a neighbor and later by his nephew. Each interaction illuminates some aspect of the issues facing Mo: risk factors (loss of his spouse, other friends, work); warning signs (insomnia, giving things away) and protective factors (strong relationship with his nephew). The play shines a light on these themes while always keeping the characters honest and real. Yet the play isn't morbid. The audience frequently shifts from tears to laughter as the play weaves in light moments. In one particularly funny scene, Mo's best friend appears handing out condoms and promoting "Safe Sex 'till Rigor Mortis."
A 2012 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts has supported live performances in Spanish.
DVD & study guide Â©2011 are available from the Center for Human Development, 332 Birnie Ave., Springfield, MA 01107